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Provoked: A True Story (2006)

 |  Crime, Drama  |  6 April 2007 (UK)
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It's the true story of a Punjabi woman named Kiranjit Ahluwalia who leaves India to marry a London-based guy, only to be badly abused. She ends up in prison for murdering her abusive husband.


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Credited cast:
Kiranjit Ahluwalia (as Aishwarya Rai)
Veronica Scott
Deepak Ahluwalia
Radha Dalal
Lord Edward Foster
Raji James ...
Solicitor Anil Gupta
Leena Dhingra ...
Sheela Ahluwalia
Young Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wendy Albiston ...
Guard Miller
John Alford ...
Chris Jones - Legal Aid Solicitor
Peter Benedict ...
Dr. Manning
Freya Berry ...
Dr. Emma Stillman


Provoked is the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a Punjabi woman who moved to London after her marriage with Deepak Ahluwalia. Her husband seemed caring at first but then began to beat her up. He started drinking a lot and sleeping around with other women. he also subjected her to spousal rape. After ten years and having two children with him, out of fear, she sets him on fire while he is sleeping, two hours after another scene of domestic violence. He succumbs to the injuries ans she is sentenced to prison for life for premeditated murder. However the Southall Black Sisters, an NGO which fights against domestic violence helps her get justice. And after spending 3 1/2 years in jail, she is set free and reunited with her two children. Written by A. Bose

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This film was originally given an A-rating (Adults only, or the equivalent of an R-rating in India) by the censors. The director decided to cut out the "four letter word" and applied for re-censorship. The film was then given a U/A rating, equivalent to a PG-13. See more »


Composed by A.R. Rahman
Vocals by Runa Rizvi
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4 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first thing I noticed about the main review made by a person (with subject Awful propaganda, awfully done with an awful message) made on this movie is by mentioning that this is based on a real story and the woman should have done in a different way by calling police or leaving her husband. I can see the person is ignorant of how Indian women treat these kind of issues. A person from other country can not understand this situation, as I personally experienced this kind of situation with a woman with whom I was very close when I was a child. I have not only seen this woman, but seen several of my neighbor ladies having the same situation. It was very common thing to physically abuse/beat their wives in some rural parts of India and they still be obedient to their husband and husband's family. I understand that fact that movie is bad in narrating the story as it could not briefly depict the situation of that Indian woman. It really gets into you when you see the situation in real, I believe she did the mistake too, but most of the times, Indian women consider its their own mistake and be quiet about it. And I say its not always true for all Indian women, some are more educated and feel confident enough to find a solution to the problem and drag it onto the court. Some don't at all. One must stay in this situation and see what goes around in that culture and in those situations to accurately review a story. As another male, I stood in those situations where males were dominating with physical power over women, watching trying to find whats the solution. I could not do anything as a child,I pity on those women who are going though this situation. We being on a computer and read would never understand what goes on in real and in some homes.

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